Week at Cavalli Islands

Few more Trip reports that were memorable and scenic-Red letter day - Cavalli'sDawn broke after weathering out a few days of cold weather with Southeasterlies and heavy rain front passing through so chance to regather the energies and retie and check the gear.

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Had been cruising the coast in spells when suitable but fishing was definitely" East is Least" and only ordinary type Snapper so hankered to get back out amongst it offshore and so it was.
Soon paddling amongst inner shallow channels between Islands but still only average fish so as time to head home was nigh thought a decent one to finish off would be nice, and kept on paddling through some very promising bays on the weather side of the islands that still had a decent 1-2 mtr swell surge running and bulk Jellyfish etc all jammed into them.
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The fish were hoovering up the bulk tucker and you could see them at it with huge schools of Parore and other things .
Pulled a few out and had a few more on board
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Put into Jellyfish cove and restowed the catch below to get Trim better for serious action
and had that ol feeling in the twitchy rod hand that something was on so headed on out to a likely offshore Island that had deep water and big surge rolling off it's flanks .
This was nearly time to re think and use a deeper water jig or at least a heavier Softy jig but nahh I'll just fish the wash from near as I dare ( Damn White water still brings out the adrenalin Junkie in me ]:) )
Had worked out a good drift and station to hold when a few gentle nibbles confirmed things were sniffing around in there, then on about the third cast into the washing machine out wash from the surge the line sort of pauses,and as I often feel em in subtle like, I had light drag on and fed line and it slowly cruised off at an angle but not a good one for my liking so waited as long as I dared then it must have twigged something was amiss so things suddenly change up to full acceleration and me tightening up carefully but more trying to clear the trailing rod line that had kindly wrapped the other as we swung into battle stations :sweat: 
The old Maxim was running through my head no time for cabbage head here mate -just sort it and see what we've got!
Yup the long let it -drop into deeper water- had got enough line out so I had some leeway and soon was desperately using all the one handed paddling and turning skills that probably helped save the day as I coaxed it out away from the Maelstrom around the surge.
Had to resort to less drag and get angle by rod holder and paddling away to where I had a better chance a number of times and the cunning sod sure made me work for it .
All the while aware I couldn't get too heavy handed with only 6kg braid on the 6' 6-10 kg Berkley dropshot with 20 lb Fluoro trace.
Had a good couple of tows that seemed interminable and thought of conversation the previous day with camp operator about an old guy getting dragged all over the bay by a trophy snapper in his Kayak.
Steady as she goes I gradually got on the ascendency and started working it up to the surface, of course this bought a few final surges but the Twinpower was doing it's job magnificently so no shock loads.
Finally got to reach for the big Kilwell wooden handled gaff as it dawned on me the sheer size and the ease it could cause major stability issues trying to haul aboard.
Gaff shot to mouth gill area got it in close then hauled onto the Spraydeck , hogtied on my lap then head back to Jellyfish cove about 2 k's away. :rock:
Photo session and then lash it in the catch bag to the rear deck as therewas no way this was going to fit thru a hatch, then the paddle back to the mainland with a huge grin. 
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Went 24lb & 81cm 
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Brilliant culmination of an amazing week or so in Fishing Paradise .



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